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So I was a little uneasy when first checking out "The Avengers: Volume One - Heroes Assemble!" This cartoon is... not really based on either the movies or comics, but borrows liberally from both (this Tony Stark is essentially a less witty version of Robert Downey Jr.'s character). And lest noobies not know what's going on, most of the episodes in this volume are devoted to introducing the titular Avengers.
The first several episodes are devoted to introducing the main characters:
*Tony Stark is enraged when he finds out that supervillains are stealing his tech to make deadly robots.
*Thor grapples with his responsibilities to Asgard and Midgard, as well as thwarting his brother Loki's invasion. *Prince T'Challa of Wakanda escapes his country after a treacherous coup.
*Size-changing scientist Hank Pym is dragged into crime-fighting by his chipper girlfriend Janet.
*Bruce Banner's attempts to help another radiation-charged fugitive backfire, leading to SHIELD and the Hulkbusters trying to nab him.
*SHIELD archer Clint Barton becomes suspicious of his longtime partner Natasha, and shadows her on a secret mission. Things don't go well.
*And many decades in the past, Captain America and his loyal band of commandos went after a secret Hydra base, where a gateway to another world was being opened.
And once we're done with all that, things inevitably start going wrong -- a mass breakout from four separate supervillain prisons leaves SHIELD badly crippled, and countless dangerous criminals on the loose. The worst is Graviton, a crazed ex-scientist who controls gravity.Read more ›
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Many cartoons today are pretty awful. I have been closely to losing faith as cartoons today have been pretty much gone downhill. But on that day when I went to the San Diego Comic-Con and paid a visit to the Marvel booth, I saw something intriguing, a poster advertising Marvel's latest action show: Avengers:Earth's Mightiest Heroes.
Avengers:Earth's Mightiest Heroes is the latest animated series produced by Marvel. Avengers:EMH debuted on Disney XD October 20. It is far better then the god-awful Avengers cartoon from 1999 which did not get a good press. What is very odd is that when people first heard of Avengers:EMH, everone said,"oh no, this was gonna be "too kiddy" and not for the teens and/or adults because its on Disney XD. Those who said that were terribly mistaken. Avengers:EMH is far from "kiddy". In fact, it is very similar to the Batman TAS and the 90s X-Men animated series. It has recieved positive reviews from fans and good ratings. Some say it is even the 90s X-Men of this generation.
Avengers Earth's Mightiest Heroes follows the adventures of Marvel's greatest heroes, Iron man, Ant-Man, Wasp, Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Black Panther and Hawkeye as they battle the most diabolical villains. The episodes are very loyal to the comics as the Avengers start off as solos but unite in the first episode and new members are added as they progress.
The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes!" stars the well-known voice talents of Rick D. Wasserman ("Planet Hulk," "Marvel Vs. Capcom 3," "House M.D.") as Thor, Brian Bloom ("The A Team," "Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2") as Captain America, Fred Tatasciore ("Tron: Evolution," "Hulk Vs.," "Wolverine and the X-Men") as The Hulk, Wally Wingert ("The Family Guy," "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno") as Ant Man, and Phil Lamarr ("Mad TV," "Futurama") as Jarvis.
If you want action, adventure and/or just simply adore Marvel, then don't miss Avengers:Earth's Mightiest Heroes. This will be a must-have for Marvel fans of all ages.
Here are the episodes in volume 1.
1.Iron Man is Born-When the villainous organization known as HYDRA attacks the United Nations, the fate of the world's leaders is in the hands of Iron Man! But Tony Stark may have met his match as HYDRA unleashes the Dreadnoughts against him, using technology that Stark created himself! Iron Man has to overcome HYDRA, but is the world peacekeeping force known as S.H.I.E.L.D. any better? Plus, S.H.I.E.L.D. Director Nick Fury fights alone when the Grim Reaper infiltrates the super villain prison known as the Vault.
2.Thor the Mighty-The villainous Wrecking Crew are tearing through New York City, and the only thing that's standing in their way? The Mighty Thor! But when Thor is called back to Asgard by his father Odin, he's forced to face off against an army of Frost Giants led by the evil Loki...Thor's adopted brother. But even if Thor wins the battle, he may have lost more than he realizes, for nothing is ever as it seems with Loki.
3.Hulk vs the World-When Bruce Banner heads to Vegas to track down an escapee from the Super-Villain prison known as the Cube, he's forced to transform into the incredible HULK to take on the Absorbing Man. But to make matters worse, Thunderbolt Ross and his Hulkbusters are on the scene with orders to take the Hulk down. And even if the Hulk can defeat Absorbing Man and the Hulkbusters, can he survive SHIELD's most dangerous agents- Hawkeye and the Black Widow.
4.Meet Captain America-In the closing days of World War II, Captain America and Bucky join forces with Jack Fury and his Howling Commandos for a final confrontation with the Red Skull and his HYDRA forces! But as the battle unfolds, they're being watched by a visitor from the future. His name is Kang the Conqueror, and he's on a mission to save the world.
5.The Man in the Ant-Hill-When scientist Hank Pym obtains a rare sample of vibranium to study, the nasty villain Klaw comes to steal it- but he's not ready to enter Ant-Man's world. Then, the wondrous Wasp takes on Whirlwind. And finally, take a tour of the Big House, the world's smallest Super-Villain prison. Plus, welcome to Wakanda, the most powerful nation on Earth- you're just in time to see the fall of the Black Panther.
6.Break-Out part 1-Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Ant-Man and Wasp have defeated some of the most powerful, dangerous super-villains on the planet. And once defeated, those criminals are housed in the super-villain prisons. But now, on a day like none other, those prisons open wide, simultaneously releasing every single villain in a breakout like the world has never seen. Our heroes- only hope is to band together- to become the AVENGERS.
7.Break-Out part 2-The super-villain breakout has begun, and it's everything our heroes can do to stay alive! But when a mysterious fourth prison is revealed housing a being whose power dwarfs anything ever seen, the Avengers must join together for the first time. Because the man called Graviton is now free. He's after Nick Fury and he'll destroy the world to get to him.
There is so much to say here, but of course, I don't want to give away any spoilers. One thing I will say is that I particularly love the languid pace at which the broader, season-spanning plot arcs are slowly, almost casually moved into place, even as the audience is blitzkrieged with the superheroic action sequences of the moment. For like Justice League Unlimited, this show is as much a serial as it is a series.
So keep your eyes open as you go along!
But for me, the best thing about The Avengers is the truly seamless melding of silver and iron age aesthetics. Old-school fans will delight in all the countless references to the original Avengers comic books from the 1960s. This applies on virtually every conceivable level, from costume design to inter-character conflicts. At the same time, we also see at least the beginnings of a far harder-edged iron age cynicism, and even political consciousness - particularly in the characters of Tony Stark, and, arguably, Henry Pym. Neither of these elements were ever even remotely present in the original comics. Contemporary comic book fans will likewise note the merging of elements from both the original and "Ultimate" Marvel Universes. Yet here again, these disparate elements are so perfectly combined that it is difficult to imagine them ever being apart.
At the time of writing, this disc is not yet available for purchase, and the product info does not state which, or how many episodes are included. As you may have noticed, I've reviewed the show, not this specific release. However, the length is listed as 154 minutes, which would translate to exactly 7 episodes of 22 minutes each. Thus, it seems likely that what we have here are the first 7 episodes. It does kinda suck when companies milk their new releases like this: I think it's obvious that most consumers would far prefer it were the show to be released in whole seasons, or at least half seasons.
While we're on the topic of this release, it's also worth adding that on a purely visual level, the DVD cover art we see in the product snapshot here on Amazon doesn't really do this show justice. The art in The Avengers actually has a very slightly "gritty" feel to it that I haven't seen in an animated television show before; at least, not outside of some of the older MTV stuff from the 1990s.
Finally, returning to the show itself, there is a lot here to tickle the interest of the more knowledgeable animation and sci-fi fans. For example, Jeffrey Combs, who so superbly provided the voice for The Question in Justice League Unlimited, here voices the classic Hulk supervillain The Leader. Combs will also be familiar to many from his various roles in multiple Star Trek series (always in heavy alien makeup). For the movie buffs, Iron Man is voiced with a downright Robert Downey Jr. quality; albeit not by Mr. Downey himself.
Ah well. We can but dream!